When writing My Urban Everyday Carry Bag I promised to get back to you on my EDC Tech Pack. Today I’ll do just that. Don’t be intimidated if you’re not a techie, a tech pack is really nothing more then a small collection of critical everyday items to take with you.
The EDC tech pack
It took me a while to figure out what to include in my tech pack and what not. I started of with just a few things, it then bloomed to something worthy of it’s own naming convention and through trial and error I’ve brought it back to what I’m showing you here now.
The tricky part, as I experienced picking items, is to include things you need every day as well as things you need in the case of an incident, disaster or a WROL scenario.
The small pack you see me use here is a simple pack Dove Men Care used to promote new products in. I saw them the same day I was looking to buy an Eagle Creek Quarter Cube which looks a lot like this one. But, these were cheaper and do the job well. My point, it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Contents of my Urban Everyday Carry Tech Pack
- AA batteries
- AAA batteries
- (Apple) Headset
- (Apple) Charger Cable
- USB charger cable
- USB Mini Wi-fi adapter
- Dual USB Port 5V/2A Charger
- 2x SD Card
- 8Gb USB Stick with Tails OS
- 2Gb USB Stick for Windows Password Recovery
- 5Gb USB Stick with Ubuntu Desktop OS
- Gerber Flasligth
Some Items Explained
I included a dual port charger instead of the nice white USB charger we know from Apple and the charger that came with my Android phone. My reasoning for that is twofold. I only have to carry one instead of two chargers and still am able of charging both devices simultaneously. And the chargers that come with most devices have less amps, ie charge slower. The Apple one has 1.0A and the one that come with my phone only .9A. A 2A charger does a much faster job in charging your device.
The Tails OS is a bit of an odd one to find in your everyday carry tech pack, maybe. It stands for The Amnesic Incognito Live System, hence tails.
Tails is aimed at preserving your privacy and anonymity. That is done by forcing all its outgoing connections to go through Tor and direct (non-anonymous) connections are blocked.
The system is designed to be booted as a live DVD or live USB, and leaves no trace (digital footprint) on the machine unless explicitly told to do so. This means that you can boot-up Tails on, for example, a PC or laptop at work, surf all the illegal, NSA unfriendly websites you can think of and get away with it.
Why? Because it leaves no trace whatsoever on the machine you used. The administrator cannot see it, trace it or infer its use. In other words, you have privacy and anonymity at your fingertips whenever you need it.
Linux Ubuntu as well
I included the Ubuntu operating system next to Tails because it offers more in terms of being a full fledged operating system. If you’re unfamiliar with Linux you should give Ubuntu a try. It is an amazing operating system. I have it installed on my everyday machine and wouldn’t want to work without it. It doesn’t offer the anonymity that Tails does, but that isn’t a negative in most thinkable scenarios.
This concludes my explanation of the urban everyday carry tech pack as I see it. I hope you found it useful and got one or two good ideas for your own tech pack. In case you think I forgot to include something please let my know by leaving a comment below. I really appreciate constructive criticism, so don’t be shy.
That’s it for know. Thank you for reading this far, see you next time around!